The Ohio State University at Marion


Faculty Accomplishments 2016-17

SPRING 2017

Lecturer, Stuart Jobrack
Ohio State Marion Anthropology Lecturer, Stewart Jobrack successfully defended his dissertation, "Being Lao: An Ethnographic Study of a Lao-American Buddhist Temple," Wednesday, February 8th, and is slated to receive his doctorate from The Ohio State University at spring commencement.



Prof. Chris Orban
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Physics, Chris Orban's research work was highlighted as part of the State of Research Address, held Wednesday, January 25th at 8:30 a.m. in the Ohio Union, US Bank Conference Theater. The address was delivered by Caroline C. Whitacre, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Research at The Ohio State University.

Whitacre speech excerpt..."Physics, philosophy and astronomy go hand-in-hand in a project spearheaded by Christopher Orban, assistant professor of physics at Ohio State Marion. The Revolution in Cosmology and Fr. Georges Lemaître’s Hidden God” examined Lemaître’s work as an astrophysicist and priest in the early 20th century. His research helped lay the groundwork for the Big Bang Theory and also produced some of the most fascinating interactions between science and faith in the last century. Support from the Battelle Engineering, Technology, and Human Affairs Endowment enabled Chris to develop new coursework and public lectures exploring not only Lemaître’s scientific accomplishments, but also the religious dimension of his work."

AUTUMN 2016

Prof. Chris Orban
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Physics, Chris Orban was named to be part of the Ohio Department of Education Standards Revision working committee, serving in the physics and astronomy work groups. The task of the group is to update the state's learning standards in science.
>>> OHIO SCIENCE LEARNING STANDARDS (updated 2011)

Prof. Chris Orban
Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of Physics, Christopher Orban, was recently highlighted in the U.S. Department of Defense High Performance Computing Magazine’s autumn 2016 issue for his work in recruiting and mentoring undergraduate student involvement in supercomputer research.
READ THE STORY >>> Ohio State Marion Professor featured in DOD publication

Lecturer, Amy Tibbals
Ohio State Marion students kicked off the season of giving by collecting, packaging, and distributing over 1,000 articles of winter accessories to help less fortunate Marion area families stay warm this winter. Students from Amy Tibbals's English 2367.01S were able to assemble and distribute over 455 “Loving Scarves” bags to the local community, through partnerships with a number of Marion and Central Ohio non-profit organizations.
READ THE STORY >>> Buckeyes help provide warmth to Marion area families

Prof. Sara Crosby
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of English, Sara Crosby recently took part in a recent interview discussing her new book "Poisonous Muse, The Female Poisoner and the Framing of Popular Authorship in Jacksonian America." During the podcast, Crosby discusses how the trope of the female poisoner permeated popular literature in the mid-nineteenth century. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST >>> https://networks.h-net.org/episode-3-sara-l-crosby The podcast audio was published on the scholarly H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Online by Charles Zelden on Monday, October 24, 2016

Prof. Emeritus Mary Jo Fresch
Ohio State Marion, Professor Emeritus, Dr. Mary Jo Fresch (College of Education and Human Ecology) was recently selected to serve as a faculty fellow for Ohio State’s newly formed University Institute for Teaching and Learning. The University Institute for Teaching and Learning was developed as part of Ohio State President, Dr. Michael V. Drake’s 2020 vision for the university. The Institute challenges and charges faculty to ensure that the university is as highly regarded for world-class teaching as it is for research. In response, a university-wide planning committee, an advisory committee, and extensive dialogue with approximately 200 faculty, staff, and students led to the development of a proposal to establish the Institute, which was officially adopted by the University Senate in April 2016. Fresch is not the only Ohio State Marion faculty member involved in formation of the institute. Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of English, Ben McCorkle served on the initial committee that launched the innovative teaching and learning initiative. READ THE STORY >>> Marion professor helps launch university teaching institute

Prof. Aina Appova
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Education, Aina Appova will be presented the Kenneth Cummins Award for exemplary mathematics teaching at a college level, during the 66th Annual Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) Conference in Sandusky, Ohio, October 27 & 28. To be considered for this statewide award, the teacher must have been nominated by a member of Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics and completed an application.This award is named after Kenneth Cummins. Dr. Cummins was well known in the mathematics community for his outstanding teaching. He was on the mathematics faculty at Kent State University and made numerous presentations at OCTM, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America meetings. He was widely known for conducting numerous summer and academic year institutes for high school mathematics teachers in which he reached a large number of teachers of mathematics throughout the state.

Prof. Joel Barker
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, Dr. Joel Barker was recently part of a collaboration between the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and the Division of Hydro-meteorological Services in Bhutan to examine the mass balance and hydrology of Thana Glacier, Bhutan. Thana Glacier is a so-called "benchmark glacier" that is monitored every year to provide an idea of how glaciers are behaving in the region. Barker's particular interest in Thana Glacier is to determine how much soot (black carbon) is deposited on the glacier surface and exported to rivers and lakes in glacier melt water. According to Barker, black carbon can promote glacier melt by darkening the glacier surface, and may affect downstream ecological processes as well.


SPRING 2016

Lecturer, Mike Lohre
The Griffin Society Teaching Award for an associated faculty member was awarded to English Lecturer, Mike Lohre during Ohio State Marion's 45th Annual Academic Recognition Ceremony held at the Marion Palace Theatre in downtown Marion, Ohio, Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Lecturer, Adam Matthews
The Marion Campus Teaching Award for an associated faculty member was awarded to Mathematics Lecturer, Adam Matthews during Ohio State Marion's 45th Annual Academic Recognition Ceremony held at the Marion Palace Theatre in downtown Marion, Ohio, Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Prof. Sara Crosby
The Marion Campus Teaching Award for a regular faculty member went to Sara Crosby during Ohio State Marion's 45th Annual Academic Recognition Ceremony held at the Marion Palace Theatre in downtown Marion, Ohio, Thursday, April 21, 2016.



Prof. Chris Orban
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Physics, Chris Orban was recently chosen for funding in the 2016 Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment annual grant competition. BETHA grants support projects that examine the complex relationship between science and technology on society and cultural issues. In total, 19 proposals were submitted for consideration. Orban was selected to receive one of only six Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs Endowment (BETHA) grants. His proposal "The Revolution in Cosmology and Fr. Georges Lemaitre's Hidden God" was chosen to receive funding in the amount of $25,000 for 2016-2018. Recipients and their guest were recognized at a luncheon on April 19 at the Faculty Club. Chris Orban is a 2011 Ph.D. graduate of The Ohio State University. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Department of Physics serving at the Marion campus.

Prof. Joel Barker
Published by NBC 4 Columbus, Thursday, March 3, 2016
>>> SEE THE FULL STORY BY NBC 4

WCMH NBC 4 Columbus Meteorologist Ben Gelber filed this recent news story on Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Earth Science, Dr. Joel Barker's research and the graduate student who will be visiting Ellesmere Island in the arctic this summer. Ohio State graduate student George Grant will continue the study of an ancient mummified Arctic forest now being revealed to scientists as the ice in earth's most northerly region retreats.


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